A friend recently referred to a TV series, IZombie, as a TV show in which some Zombies are portrayed in a positive light. That is, she said, there are good Zombies and bad Zombies.
The idea of a good Zombie piqued my curiosity to the point that I watched three seasons of that TV show. I quit watching the show when I realized I was covering my own eyes for large parts of each episode due to the gory scenes they portrayed.
What did I learn from watching three seasons of IZombie episodes? I learned that some humans in the society portrayed in that show accepted Zombies as good despite the fact that they knew that all Zombies ate human brains.
The IZombie show is not an outlier. In fact, the show lasted five seasons and attracted a large audience. It can only be assumed that some people who watched the show agree with the premise that there is such a thing as a good Zombie.
Putting aside the fact that there are no such thing as real Zombies, the bottom line is how can some people agree that creatures who eat human brains are good at the same time that most people do not agree that a person convicted of a sex offense can also be good? After all, we know that a person convicted of a sex offense will not eat another person’s brain. We also know that, if they are currently living in society, they have already paid their debt to society by spending time in custody and undergoing several years of counseling.
Doesn’t that make people convicted of a sex offense less frightening and dangerous than a Zombie? And if so, shouldn’t more people understand that a person convicted of a sex offense can be at least as good as a Zombie who eats human brains?
These are rhetorical questions. They are also questions that I hope you readers will consider and pass on to members of your family, friends, mere acquaintances and perhaps even strangers who you know watch TV shows and movies focused on Zombies. And when you do, I hope you will share the answers you receive in the comment section following this column. Perhaps in their answers we can find a way to better frame the reasons why a person on the sex offender registry can and should be viewed as good.